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Un-Furling Robot Arm

Eliminates problem of having to hold up a long cantilevered arm
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Having a long snakelike robotic arm would be handy to go into houses to save people in a fire, hunt for bad guys or just do inspections in tunnels etc. The idea is shown in this movie link.

Problem is, holding up such an arm would get pretty hard the longer it gets.

To overcome this, the arm could lie on the ground and unroll, like a ball of yarn being rolled across the floor. The additional sections of the arm would ride along the top to the arm that's already laid out. Think of one of those party noise makers that unroll as you blow into it.

doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014

Handy idea but structurally hard to accomplish http://www.youtube....watch?v=kytDzjuBGJI
[doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]

So do it like this. http://www.youtube....watch?v=DP4Va75FLBo
Please turn the sound down if you play this clip. [doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]

Or this... http://www.youtube....watch?v=jrump3T-4i8
Only not a coil unrolling, continuously fed by new sections traveling along the top [doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014]


       Reminds me of a scene in Beetlejuice...
RayfordSteele, Sep 22 2014

       Animatronic anaconda ?
8th of 7, Sep 22 2014

       //Reminds me of a scene in Beetlejuice...//   

       Yes, the scene with the hammers. Exactly.   

       Robots are notoriously bad at getting around. Stairs, railings, climbing up walls. This unfurling method would be a very fast and very utilitarian way to get into restrictive areas. Up a wall and into a window of a burning building, badda bing badda boom. Save the baby, roll back out.
doctorremulac3, Sep 22 2014


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